Retired neurosurgeon and possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Ben Carson has reemphasized his opposition to same-sex marriage.
According to him, his recent appearance on a CNN interview segment where he remarked that being gay was a choice, was a “boneheaded response” to an astonishing ‘gotcha’ question.
He added that “I have and will continue full recognition of same-sex marriage in state jurisdiction where the matter has been approved by vote of people or their representatives.”
Ben Carson has received several criticisms over his comments since he made the appearance on CNN.
Find his full statement below:
First, my remark was simply a boneheaded response to what I considered an astonishing ‘gotcha’ question, comparing the civil rights struggles of the Sixties to the efforts to redefine traditional marriage. My poorly considered reflex comment in no way shape or form represents my knowledge or appreciation for the LGBT community.
Secondly, the media attention it spawned badly obscured my record and my positions supporting human rights and constitutional protections for the LGBT community.
While I remain opposed to same-sex marriage, I have and will continue to support recognition of same-sex civil unions.
I have and will continue full recognition of same-sex marriage in State jurisdictions where the matter has been approved by a vote of the people or their representatives;
I support States’ prerogatives to determine their own policy without interference from the Federal government;
If and when the matter of same-sex marriage is considered and decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, we all must adhere to their decision.
At a time when we Americans face so many serious problems that threaten the very fabric and quality of life for future generations, we must adhere to the values of love and respect for one another, embrace the principles of unity and truth, and reject the politics of personal destruction. Together, let’s examine the solutions offered by all, and build a better America.